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Best ways to hide wheelie bins

Adrienne Wyper / 06 June 2018 ( 21 March 2022 )

Simple strategies to disguise unsightly wheelie bins with screens, sheds, smart planting and stickers.

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No one really wants to look out of the window and see the big green/black/blue/grey/purple – delete according to your local authority’s scheme – wheelie bin squatting in the garden. But bins are a necessary evil. And often we need to store more than one, with the separation of recycling, composting, food waste, garden waste. Particularly if your outside space is on the small side, camouflaging these containers is a great idea

Think in terms of adding a decorative feature to your garden, rather than concealing something unsightly. Take into consideration the angle from which the bins are in your line of sight most often: walking towards the house? From the kitchen window? That’s the viewing angle that you need to address.

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One useful addition to your bin is your house number – even more so if your bins are left on the pavement. Now that bins are centrally issued, they all look the same so, to avoid confusion and taking home someone else’s bottom-of-the-bin detritus, stick on a number. Plain or patterned, pretty or practical, you can pick them up from hardware shops for a couple of pounds.

For more coverage, and some camouflage, you can add adhesive bin covers, in patterns such as sunflowers, or leafy hedge. Alton Garden Centre has a good range of foliage patterns, from ivy to leylandii, and floral designs such as roses or classic cottage garden, with prices from £15 to £18, which help your bin to blend into the background.

Potted plants

Plants in containers can be positioned beside your bins. Obviously tall specimens will do the best job, as will climbers on a conical frame or trellis. Or how about a tall container, with a tall plant or even a small tree? The eye will be drawn to the flowers, fruits and foliage, not the grey plastic behind. cultivate climbers.

Your bin may be sited down the side of the house or in another similarly shady situation. In such situations, you can make regular swaps of the beside-the-bin plant. Or try a trellis with artificial plants, such as the birch leaf artificial trellis, could work well, although it would need to be fixed to the wall or fence to hold it in position. Or you could make your own with faux flowers and foliage tucked into a trellis. Alternatively, position a multi-layered plant stand against your bins. The slatted back panel of the wooden, three-shelf stand will effectively hide the bins behind it, and gives great display space.

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Screen scene

You can make a three-sided screen with trellis panels, either painted or left plain. To prevent them being blown away, you might want to weight them down, or attach them to the wall or fence.

A folding woven willow screen is a more flexible option. Willow wheelie bin screens come in sizes suitable for one, two or even three wheelie bins.

Storage sheds

The ultimate in wheelie concealing, if you have space, a purpose-built cupboard with a bolting or latched door keeps everything out of sight, and you can use the roof for plants in containers.

Wooden wheelie bin stores can be painted in colours that tone with your front door or woodwork, pick up the hues of your plants, or in a complete contrast. These storage sheds are usually wooden slats on a woodn frame and are often available in a range of wood types and in different sizes to store one, two or three wheelie bins.

Bluum has a store for one wheelie bin and three shelves for other containers, with a roof planter. If you have the necessary DIY skills, or know someone who does, how about a brick-built enclosure? Or, for a more contemporary look, try a stone-filled gabion surround. Gabion surrounds allow you to fill the mesh with stones to suit the other stonework in your garden. You could add soil and pop in some plants too.

And once your chosen camouflage is in place you can relax and enjoy your garden, knowing that it looks good from every angle.

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